My husband, Nate, and I have been foster parents to our new little family for seven months. This time has been filled with ups, downs and countless lessons.
One of the biggest lessons we have learned is that parenting is hard work! Before we got our placement of our three little ones, we had no children. Oh the tranquility! Since that first day our lives have been turned upside down. Our already busy schedules have become a whirlwind of activities, visits with biological parents, doctor’s appointments, counseling, meetings with case workers, and so on. In the crazy day-to-day it is too easy to lose sight of the big picture. Why are we doing this? Why did we give up our once (relatively) peaceful lives for this chaos?
The answer often comes in little God-sent reminders. Recently our 6-year-old son heard the Bible story about the Triumphal Entry - Jesus entering into Jerusalem on a donkey. In his naïve, childish way he asked us, “is Jesus coming to this town?” A seemingly simple question. But as I formulated an answer in my mind I felt the significance of the response. I told him, “Yes, Jesus is coming to this town. Jesus is coming and He is going to make all of the things that are wrong in this world right. He is going to fix all that is broken and if we believe in Him we will be a part of it.“
What an important truth for these children whose lives have been torn apart by violence, abuse and neglect! How important these times are for those of us who feel called to stand in the gap and be a part of God’s redeeming work here and now.
-Nate & Rachel Bristol